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PRA Deep Dive – Personnel and Employment Records

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
10 - 11 AM
Cost: $35
Credits: CLE, meets WAPRO certification requirements, 1.0 CML for city elected officials - see below



Registration closes Tuesday, July 28 at 12 PM. This webinar will be recorded, and all preregistered attendees will receive a link to view the recording. Read about scholarship opportunities.

Webinar Overview

Public employment records often contain information that most folks would consider confidential or private. But these records are still public records subject to disclosure in response to a public records request. To withhold all or part of a responsive record you must identify an applicable exemption. The Public Records Act (PRA) contains exemptions for some information and while “other statutes” may contain exemptions for other information or records. But applying these exemptions can be tricky at times. Many local government staff are unsure of when and what to disclose or even what they can expect in terms of privacy of their own personal information.

Educational Objectives

This webinar will dig into how the Public Records Act applies to personnel and employment records, including what, specifically, should be kept in a personnel file, what records or information may be exempt (including how to clarify when it is unclear), and will review requirements as well as best practices for managing public records requests involving personnel and employment records. 

Who Should Attend?

Attorneys/legal staff of local governments, as well as private attorneys with local government clients, elected officials, public record officers (PRO) and other staff who work with public records requests.


  • Morgan Damerow, Assistant Attorney General, Washington State Office of the Attorney General. Morgan is the Lead Attorney for the Local Government Consultation Program as well as one of the program consultants. Morgan has been with the state for 16 years. Over the last four years, he has represented dozens of state agencies in significant PRA cases in front of trial courts, the Court of Appeals, and the State Supreme Court.
  • Sarah Doar, Legal Consultant, MRSC. Sarah joined MRSC in September 2018, after serving as Civil Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Island County. At MRSC, Sarah provides advice to municipalities on many aspects of government, including compliance with public records and open meeting laws, land use issues, and environmental law.


Refund policy: Refunds of the webinar fee will be provided minus a $5.00 administrative fee if registration is canceled by 12 PM on Tuesday, July 29. If you are registered for the webinar and unable to attend, you will still be able to view the recorded webinar afterwards. However, if you cancel your registration, you will not receive a link to the recording.